Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Marauders: A Bookish Adventures Feature

I am so glad to introduce a new blog feature that Elizabeth from Book Yabber, Marci from The Plot Bunny and I have been planning for some time. The Marauders is a feature where Elizabeth, Marci and I will showcase our bookish adventures around New England. Whether it is a bookstore or a library, we wanted to discover new places to share with the bookish community. We each took an Animagus form. Can you guess who is who and what animal is each person's Animagus?

On Saturday, March 12th, Elizabeth, Marci and I made a trip to Medfield to visit the largest children's book store in New England. Park Street Books and Toys is a cute store with several rooms full of wonderful toys and books. I pretty much freaked out when I saw the sign with Hogwarts, Narnia and Camp Half-Blood on it. It's the perfect sign for a lawn!

The first floor houses toys and new books. You can find picture books, children's school work books, Middle Grade and Young Adult books. There's even a cute pottery room attached to the store where little ones can paint ceramic sculptures and can get they fired up! It's such a great idea for a birthday party or a weekend activity.

On the second floor, one can find at least five rooms and a couple hallways full of used books! The prices are outstanding! Paperbacks go for under $3.00 and hardcovers under $9.00. If you're lucky, you can score some major finds in the $1.00 bookcase in one of the hallways. Some of the rooms have seating for readers to flip through a book before they buy.

After Park Street Books and Toys, the girls and I ventured to Fancy That in Walpole. Fancy that is a tea room, gift shop and vintage rental location all in one. Elizabeth, Marci and I had a reservation for afternoon tea in the yellow room.

All I can say is that Brad and Sarah know what they are doing! The room is beautifully decorated with an array of wonderful things like tea cups and saucers, a vintage couch, a pink tree with Marie Antoinette ornaments and a wonderful chandelier. The tea cup and saucer settings were perfect. And how cute is the Easter egg tablecloth? I also adored the teapot cozies to keep the teapot warm and the food was delicious.

We lucked out and had lemon poppy seed bread, tart cherry heart shaped scones, cucumber sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and apple cheddar on raisin bread with honey pecan cream cheese sandwiches. For the desserts we had parfaits of raspberry mousse with lemon curd and vanilla cake, pistachio french macarons and key lime coconut cupcakes.

The girls and I are definitely planning to visit Fancy That in the near future. It's a place that you must visit if you love tea! Brad and Sarah made sure our first experience was unforgettable. They even served us pink hot chocolate and always made sure that we were enjoying our stay at Fancy That. Let's just say that this will not be our last visit.

Fancy That's gift shop is too cute with all the vintage tea cups, amazing Harney & Sons teas and plenty of other goodies. Find a time in your life to sit back and relax. Keep calm and drink some tea.

If you want to follow The Marauders on social media, please check out the hashtag, #TheMarauders3, for pictures about our bookish adventures. We solemnly swear we are up to no good. Mischief Managed.

The Marauders | Photo Credit: Elizabeth


  1. Dear Nicole,
    I adored this post. I was just over at Elizabeth's and I really like that though we are all posting about the same places, we each have our own spin on the day. I had a lovely time with you and Elizabeth and I can't wait until our next adventure.

    1. I agree that it's nice to see each other's take on the feature :D.

  2. When I get a house, I'm definitely making a sign similar to Parks sign.

    The menu was perfect! So very delicious!! I love that, "Keep Calm and Drink Tea" - that should be my life motto. (I'm drinking tea right now! Hehehe)

    I had such a great time with you and Marci. I absolutely cannot wait to see what adventures await!

    1. OMG! I hope you make a sign similar to what Park Street has! Keep Calm and Drink Tea every day!